Roddy White’s coveted consecutive game streak will come to an end this Sunday in Tampa Bay, while Steven Jackson will miss his 4th-straight contest with a bruised thigh.
White’s ankle injury is a lot more serious than previously thought. When it was reported that he suffered a high-ankle sprain, many fans were skeptical due to the fact that he was able to play through the pain. There was even a rumor that he was in a walking boot after the Saints game. Now that it’s week 6 and he still hasn’t recovered has lead me to believe that the rumors were true and that he had no business participating in those games. No matter the case, his streak will end at 133 which is good enough for 3rd in team history behind Jeff Van Note (155) and Todd “Mud Duck” McClure (144).
Steven Jackson hasn’t played since the week 2 match up against the Rams and has yet to pay dividends. Anyone who invested a late fantasy pick in Jacquizz Rodgers should be feeling pretty good about their foresight. Also out are T Sam Baker and Chase Coffman.
With White and Jackson sitting out and Julio gone for the year, Mike Smith can look to give some younger players on the roster some game time experience. While the starters we have on this team aren’t easy to replace, it never hurts to have depth on the roster just in case one or two players happen to be hurt for 3-4 weeks in the regular season. Besides, depth has always been a problem for the Falcons and if there was ever a right time to fix that problem it would be now.
The youth movement has just begun in Atlanta…